Yankees’ excess trust in Oswald Peraza costs them Kike Hernandez

Oswald Peraza, player of the New York Yankees

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The New York Yankees, in their bid to bolster their roster for the upcoming season, made a substantial $4 million offer to Enrique Hernandez, a seasoned infielder, only to see him sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Subsequently, they extended the same offer to Amed Rosario, who opted for a $1.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. This development comes amidst concerns over the shoulder injury of Oswald Peraza, the Yankees’ projected backup shortstop.

Oswald Peraza’s uncertain status highlights Yankees’ infield depth concerns

Yankees3Oswald Peraza throws during the Yankees’ spring training game against the Orioles on March 19, 2022.
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According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees’ pursuit of Hernandez and Rosario underscores their belief in Oswald Peraza’s potential. However, with Peraza facing uncertainty due to his shoulder issues, the team finds itself lacking depth not only at shortstop but also at second and third base. The Yankees had hoped that either Hernandez or Rosario would provide valuable backup options in the infield.

The Yankees’ pursuit of Hernandez and Rosario sheds light on their concerns regarding Oswald Peraza’s shoulder injury. On Friday, Aaron Boone provided a pessimistic update on Oswald Peraza’s recovery, suggesting that the team’s projected backup shortstop might not be available for the start of the season. With Peraza’s status uncertain, the Yankees find themselves lacking depth not only at shortstop but also at second and third base, where they hoped Hernandez or Rosario could provide valuable backup options in the infield. The team’s failed attempts to sign the two infielders highlight the urgency to address their infield depth before the season commences.

Oswald Peraza’s absence puts pressure on Anthony Volpe

Anthony volpe, player of the new york yankees
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The rejection of both offers leaves the Yankees with limited options in terms of infield depth. While the acquisition of Juan Soto has strengthened their batting lineup, the absence of a reliable infield could pose challenges, especially in crucial playoff situations. Anthony Volpe, the promising 22-year-old shortstop known as “Tony Fox,” is expected to shoulder the bulk of the responsibilities in Peraza’s absence. However, concerns persist about his ability to handle the workload effectively, particularly given his young age and limited experience at the Major League level.

Despite their efforts to secure veteran infielders, the Yankees encountered resistance from their targets, who were evidently not swayed by the prospect of joining the team’s current roster. Hernandez’s decision to return to the Dodgers, where he enjoyed previous success, and Rosario’s preference for regular playing time with the Rays highlight the challenges the Yankees face in attracting top talent to their lineup.

Moving forward, the Yankees may explore alternative options to address their infield depth, including potential promotions from within the organization or acquisitions via trade before the 2024 deadline. The uncertainty surrounding Oswald Peraza’s injury adds urgency to their search for viable solutions, as they aim to field a competitive team capable of making a deep postseason run.

In summary, the rejection of the Yankees’ offers to Hernandez and Rosario underscores the challenges they face in fortifying their roster ahead of the upcoming season. With Oswald Peraza’s injury further complicating matters, the team must act decisively to address their infield deficiencies and position themselves for success in the competitive landscape of Major League Baseball.

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2 thoughts on “Yankees’ excess trust in Oswald Peraza costs them Kike Hernandez

  1. Are you guys serious with this post? They pay either of them $4M. You do realize that when Cashman pays a veteran money that comes with a Cashman assurance that he will get playing time. They already have a $5.5M bench player or a $28M one on any given day. You do realize Cabrera can play SS too, right? My takeaway from these offers are that Peraza is probably hurt enough to be put on the 60 day IL, even to open the season there. And if Cabrera can hit a bit, then does it really matter?

  2. They can fake it with Cabrera for giving the middle infielders a day off. If Gleyber or Volpe get really hurt we’re probably going to see whatever veteran is stashed at AAA, (Kevin Smith). I think the real issue is going to be backing up 3rd where DJ isn’t an ironman. He’s likely to hit the IL at least once this year. Donovan Solano or JD Davis would both be great options. I don’t think they have the stomach for the salary JD makes so… If Rizzo went down long-term I think Wells or Judge would be put over there.

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